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To strive for equity, we need to put in the work

By Jennifer Abrams
December 2022
As educators, we must always recognize the need to continue to develop ourselves in a multitude of ways, including becoming ever more culturally aware, equity focused, and justice seeking in our work. We live in a society and work in school cultures shaped by colonialism and rife with systemic and institutional racism that create inequities in and outside of our school buildings. Regardless of our specific roles, we as educators need to stretch at our edges to be in conversation on these important topics. This is challenging on many fronts, but unlearning and learning new mindsets, practices, and skills is part of ensuring humanity in our work. As Felipe Fernández-Armesto said in Humankind: A Brief History (2004), “If we want to go on believing we

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Fernández-Armesto, F. (2004). Humankind: A brief history. Oxford University Press.

Fullan, M. (2018). Nuance: Why some leaders succeed while others fail. Corwin Press.

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